Adams v. United States of America
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER. (see order for details) IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Movant's Motion to Obtain Grand Jury Transcripts in Defendant' case [ECF No. 31 ] is DENIED. Signed by District Judge E. Richard Webber on 01/25/2013. (CBL)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Case No. 4:11CV1831 ERW
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter comes before the Court on Movant's Motion to Obtain Grand Jury Transcripts
in Defendant's case [ECF No. 31]. Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e) provides that
"[r]ecords relating to grand-jury proceedings must be kept under seal to the extent and as long as
necessary to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of a matter occurring before a grand jury."
However, Rule 6(e) does identify certain circumstances under which the court may authorize
disclosure of a grand jury matter. Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(e). In particular, Rule(6)(e)(3)(E)(i) provides
that courts may authorize disclosures "preliminary to or in connection with a judicial
proceeding." In these situations, the party seeking grand jury transcripts must demonstrate a
"particularized need" by showing "that the material they seek is needed to avoid a possible
injustice in another judicial proceeding, that the need for disclosure is greater than the need for
continued secrecy, and that their request is structured to cover only material so needed." Douglas
Oil Co. v. Petrol Stops NW, 441 U.S. 211, 222 (1979).
In this instance, Movant has not demonstrated a "particularized need" for grand jury
transcripts. The Movant's cited need is to impeach the testimony of a law enforcement officer
who testified at the grand jury proceeding and at Defendant's trial; more specifically, that
testimony which relates the officer's search warrant. Movant contends that the prosecutor in his
case used faulty information provided by the officer to get an indictment, and that “armed
without it there would be no case or factual facts to present to the grand jury[,]” and the officer
would not have been a witness at his trial. Movant further states that a request he made to the
Circuit Court for a copy of said search warrant was not granted because the warrant was "not in
the Circuit Clerk’s legal file." Movant claims “there seems to never had been a search warrant
issued” to the officer, and he asserts that the warrant was the “sole means of information “
provided by the officer at the hearing. A review of the record, however, shows the presence of
the warrant, which was received as an exhibit in Defendant's trial [ECF No. 7-1]. Furthermore,
the record reveals that Movant’s argument for attacking the validity of the search warrant was
fully considered in the Court’s Order denying Movant’s 28 U.S.C. § 2255 motion on August 30,
2012 [ECF Nos. 25, 26]. Review of the search warrant’s supporting affidavit shows that it
adequately and fully described the property to be searched, and identified Movant by name. The
Court will deny Movant’s Motion to Obtain Grand Jury Transcripts. A copy of the search
warrant will be provided with this order.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Movant's Motion to Obtain Grand Jury Transcripts
in Defendant's case [ECF No. 31] is DENIED.
Dated this 25th day of January, 2013.
E. RICHARD WEBBER
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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